Chairman's Press

March 25, 2021

Senators Menendez, Rubio, Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Advance Democratic Elections in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in introducing new bipartisan legislation to strategically align the United States' diplomatic tools, including targeted sanctions, to advance democratic elections in Nicaragua in … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Bipartisan Group of Senators Make Case for Comprehensive Diplomatic Approach Towards Iran in New Letter to President Biden

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), today led a group of 41 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden outlining the pillars of a comprehensive diplomatic Iran strategy that will garner bipartisan support in Congress. "While we may have differing views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015 and the overall approach of the Trump Administration's maximum pressure ca… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Comité de Relaciones Exteriores Aprueba Resoluciones Denunciando Ataques contra Libertades Artísticas, Libertad de Expresión en Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y el Senador Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, emitieron las siguientes declaraciones después que el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores aprobara sus dos resoluciones condenando las violaciones de libertades fundamentales y derechos humanos en Cuba. Hoy durante la reunión del Comit&eacut… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

SFRC Approves Resolutions Condemning Attacks on Artistic Freedoms, Free Speech in Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, in celebrating the Committee's approval of two of their resolutions condemning violations of fundamental freedoms and human rights in Cuba. At today's business meeting, the Senators' resolution to express solidarity with the San Isidro Movement, a collective of independent artists and activists w… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado Aprueba Resolución Bipartidista Reafirmando Alianza Entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y Jim Risch (R-Idaho), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité, emitieron las siguientes declaraciones después que el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores aprobara su resolución bipartita reafirmando la alianza entre los Estados Unidos y la República de Ecuador. La resolución reconoce la restauración y el avance de las re… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming U.S.-Ecuador Partnership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statements following the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's approval of their bipartisan resolution reaffirming the partnership between the United States and the Republic of Ecuador. The resolution recognizes the restoration and advancement of economic relations, security, and development opportunities in both nations. "The Senat… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Foreign Relations Committee Approves Menendez Resolution Honoring Greece’s 200th Independence Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's approval of his bipartisan resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2021. Cosponsored by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the resolution celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the United States share as well as the two nations' lasting partnership and rich history of friendship. "… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves New Legislation to Confront Growing Threat of Terrorism in the Sahel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's approval of S.615, their bipartisan legislation authorizing the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) program to combat the growing threat of terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. Entitled The Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation es… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on State of Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at today's full Committee hearing on the state of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Testifying before the Committee were Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States, Deborah Ullmer, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, National Democratic Institute, and Ryan Berg, Fellow with the American Enterprise Institu… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Chairman Menendez Marks Belarus’s Freedom Day, Delivers Keynote Remarks at Kalinowski Forum

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement ahead of Freedom Day in Belarus, March 25, which marks the 103rd anniversary of the Belarusian National Republic's proclamation of independence: "Ahead of Belarus's Freedom Day, I stand with the Belarusian people as they continue the struggle for freedom and democracy that the Rada of the Belarusian National Republic began when it declared Belarus independent of Cz… Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Senators Menendez, Shaheen Urge Biden Administration to Stop Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Subcommittee Chairman for the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, are calling on the Biden Administration to advance United States' interests in Europe through a full diplomatic push to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline (NS2). In a letter commending the Biden Administration's efforts to grow opposition to the NS2 project, the senators specificall… Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Ambassador Samantha Power to Serve as USAID Administrator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at this morning's full Committee hearing on the nomination of Ambassador Samantha Power to serve as Administrator to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Power previously served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. "If confirmed, you will have your work cut out for you. However, I have great confidenc… Continue Reading


March 19, 2021

Menendez Leads 37 Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Become First U.S. President to Officially Recognize the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 37 of his Senate colleagues in requesting the Biden administration join the U.S. Congress in officially recognizing the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people. To date, no U.S. president has made it U.S. policy to affirm the historical facts of the Armenian Genocide, which lasted from 1915 to 1923 and resulted in the forced deportation of around 2 million Armenians, 1.5 m… Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Menendez, Schumer Voice Concerns over Treatment of Peaceful Farmer Protestors and Journalists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are calling on the Biden administration to further engage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government over its treatment of farmers in India who have been peacefully demonstrating against the passage of new farming laws. The months-long demonstrations have been met with orders from the central government and local authorities to shut off internet access in prot… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Bipartisan Group of Senators Re-Introduce Legislation to Provide Assistance, Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today re-introduced the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to provide security assistance and strategic support to Ukraine. "In the seven years following Russia's invasion, Ukrainian service members have selflessly and courageously continued to defend their … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Menendez, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Support for Taiwan’s Participation in WHO’s World Health Assembly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today introduced bipartisan legislation to direct the State Department to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in obtaining observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, ahead of its annual global assembly later this year. In the face of increasing opposition from the People's Republic of China to Taiwan joining the W… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Discusses Intel Report Confirming Russia Tried to Again Subvert U.S. Democracy in 2020 to Help Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), today took to the Senate Floor to discuss the publication of a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which confirmed the Russian Federation favored Donald Trump's re-election and sought to influence the outcome of the 2020 election by amplifying attacks on Joe Biden and his family. "This is not about party. This is about the durability of our democracy, and everyone in this body h… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Menendez Urges Secretary Austin to Use Upcoming Trip to India to Discuss Democracy, Human Rights and Opposition to S-400 Missile System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of Defense Austin Wednesday ahead of his trip to India. In his letter, Chairman Menendez asked the secretary to specifically raise democracy and human rights concerns in his discussions with the Indian government as well reaffirm the Biden administration's opposition to India's reportedly planned purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system. "Getting the U.S.-India par… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Menendez, Risch, Rubio, Kaine Introduce Resolution Recognizing 9th Summit of the Americas, Hosted by U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the subcommittee that oversees the Western Hemisphere, today introduced a resolution recognizing the 9 th Summit of the Americas and reaffirming the United States' commitment to a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere. "The 9 th Summit of the Americas is… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy for Strategic Competition with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing on advancing effective United States policy for strategic competition with China in the twenty-first century. Testifying before the Committee were Dr. Elizabeth Economy, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Tom Shugart, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security, and Saif Khan… Continue Reading

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